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Photos: Salem State professor retires after 46 years with the English dept.

Posted by Ryan Mooney  November 19, 2012 02:41 PM

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Photos courtesy of Salem State University

John "Jay" McHale (right), of Salem, pictured with Salem State President Patricia Maguire Meservey, took part in a ceremony Wednesday to celebrate his 46 years of service to the English department.

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Paula Griffin (right) receives a retirement gift from Salem State President Patricia Maguire Meservey at a ceremony on Wednesday. Griffin retired earlier this year after 18 years in human resources at the university.

The following was submitted by Salem State spokesman Joseph Benavidez:

John “Jay” McHale and Paula Griffin, both of Salem, recently retired at Salem State University after distinguished careers.

McHale taught in the English department for 46 years before announcing his plans to retire. During nearly five decades at the university, McHale would found and lead the faculty union, and gain a reputation as an engaging instructor. He became an expert on Lowell author Jack Kerouac, organized the first conference on Beat writers, and assisted in Salem State’s acquisition of photographic archives of jazz club owner Lennie Sogoloff.

Griffin worked in the human resource department for 18 years before retiring earlier this year. Her work often required her kind smile and warm demeanor to assist adjunct professors and part-time employees navigate through the paperwork. Griffin’s personnel file is filled with notes praising her as a patient listener and her ability to help in any situation.

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